Meet The Team


At the core of our dental practice is a friendly team of professionals that are dedicated to your utmost comfort and optimal oral health. We view each patient as a unique individual, and tailor each treatment to your specific needs. As part of our commitment to providing close, personalized attention to every patient, we want to encourage patient communication. Please know that we are here to provide outstanding patient care, and that we value the trust you have placed in us.

Becky England

CDA, Administration

Becky earned her Certified Dental Assisting license in 1990.  She has been a dental assistant since 1974, and 35 years of that has been with Dr. Watson.  She has worked in the front office for 12 years.  Becky retired in 2015 and stayed home for 1 year, and then came back to her work family.

 Becky and her husband, Jack live in the Martins Creek Community.  They have 2 children Laura and Daniel and 6 grandchildren: Cole (12), Addison (10), Cooper (8), Payton (8) and twins Mason and Megon (6).


Becky enjoys spending time with her family, reading and going to the many sporting events that her grandchildren participate in.

Laura Elliott

RDH, Office Manager

Laura has been working with the team for 21 years.  For 17 years she worked as a Registered Dental Hygienist, and then moved into the Office Manager position.  Laura is a native of Murphy. She attended grammar and high school here in Murphy and then went to Asheville-Buncombe Technical College and received her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene.

After graduating she started working for Dr. Watson and has been here ever since. Laura, also babysat for Dr. Watson's kids when they were younger and has been a patient of Dr. Watson's since she was 5 years old. Laura's mom, Becky, has worked for Dr. Watson for over 30 years. So as you can see we are family here at Murphy Dental Center.

Laura is married to Mark Elliott, co owner of Elliott Brothers Mechanical, and has two sons; Cole age 12 and Cooper age 9. They reside in the Ranger Community.  In her off time, Laura spends her time at ball fields and ball courts with her children who play baseball and basketball. 



Traci Anderson

Registered Dental Hygienist

Traci has been a dental hygienist at Murphy Dental Center for 30 years. She started as a patient of Dr. Watson's when she moved to Cherokee county at the age of 11, and lucky enough to know what her career path would be at the age of 14. Traci graduated Asheville Buncombe technical college as a dental assistant in 1990 and as a dental hygienist in 1992. 
She has thoroughly enjoyed working on generations of families over the years to achieve optimum oral health. Traci learned long ago that your mouth is the window for overall health and will help you achieve and maintain your healthy smile. You will find that she is compassionate and able to put her patients at ease to ensure a positive dental experience. 
In her off time, she loves spending time with her very active kids Rachel and Tucker, traveling, snow skiing, boating, home improvement projects, and going to the beach. 

Sonya Lewis Picon

Dental Hygienist


Melissa Yonce

Dental Assistant

Melissa Yonce was born and raised in Murphy and now lives in the Peachtree Community with her husband, Jimbo.  She and her husband have a vacation rental cabin that they own/manage to keep them busy.  She has a two-year associates degree in business from Tri-County Community College.  She enjoys spending time with family, working on projects at home and spoiling her two grandboys, Aayden and Connor.

Melissa has been certified in dental radiography through MAHEC and has received training in CEREC, 3D panoramic radiographs, TekScan and oral conscious sedation.  She has been a dental assistant at Murphy Dental Center for 24 years and enjoys helping make your dental experience a little easier.  She is proud to be a part of this team that functions more like a family. 

Jennifer Pullium

Dental Assistant

Jennifer has worked as a dental assistant at Murphy Dental Center for 15 years.  She received an Associates in Applied Science from Tri-County Community College.

Jennifer is certified in digital radiography thru Chapel Hill.  She has received training with CEREC, 3D Panoramic Films, and Tek Scan.  She enjoys working with the team at Murphy Dental Center.

Away from work, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family.  Her and husband Eric, live outside of Murphy in the Unaka Community.  They have two daughters, Sarah and Kimberly.  As a family, they enjoy camping and being outdoors.

Rachel Anderson

Dental Assistant

Rachel has been working at Murphy Dental Center since 2014, all throughout her high school and undergraduate schooling. Rachel, born in Murphy, has been a patient of this practice her whole life, as her mother Traci has been a hygienist here for 30 years. Rachel completed her Bachelors of Science in Biology at the University of North Georgia in 2020 and is now completing her Masters of Science in Microbiology at the University of Florida while applying to Dental School. Rachel received her certification in Intraoral Radiography at Eastern Carolina University. In her free time, Rachel enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her friends and family. 

Kelsey Bryant

Dental Assistant